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Work: Carmen

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ComposerBizet, Georges (1838-1875)
PeriodRomantic
Year1875
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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MontrealCarmenNew production

Bizet: Carmen
Alain Trudel; Charles Binamé; Opéra de Montréal; Olivier Landreville; Dominique Guindon; Krista de Silva; Antoine Bélanger

SeattleCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
Giacomo Sagripanti; Paul Curran; Seattle Opera; Gary McCann; Ginger Costa-Jackson; Zanda Švēde

DijonCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
Adrien Perruchon; Florentine Klepper; Opéra de Dijon; Martina Segna; Adriane Westerbarkey; Antoinette Dennefeld; Georgy Vasiliev

BuffaloCarmen in concert

Bizet: Carmen
JoAnn Falletta; Tamara Gura; Kyle van Schoonhoven; Valerian Ruminski; Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus

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Bizet: Carmen
Michelle Merrill; Francesca Zambello; San Francisco Opera; James Gaffigan; J'Nai Bridges; Matthew Polenzani; Kyle Ketelsen
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An exciting open air Carmen in Adelaide

Helen Sherman (Carmen) and James Egglestone (Don José) © Soda Street Productions

Performing Carmen in the open works well. This open-air Adelaide event combined wonderful music and delightful singing, making for an impressive evening.

****1
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Carmen meets Tosca at the Royal Swedish Opera

Daniel Johansson (Don José) and Miriam Treichl (Carmen) © Markus Gårder
A semi-successful production with an interesting underlying idea and a solid cast brings Bizet’s masterpiece back to Stockholm.
***11
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Royal Opera Carmen: slicker, but still a mountain to climb

Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Barrie Kosky's troubled production returns to Covent Garden
***11
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Red dresses and a green balloon: Carmen in Philadelphia

Daniela Mack (Carmen) © Steven Pisano for Opera Philadelphia
Paul Curran's movie-Like Carmen for Opera Philadelphia
****1
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Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires

Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetashina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Interesting ideas and a brilliant orchestral performance aren't enough to overcome a visually dull staging, predictable choreography and a lack of chemistry between the protagonists.
**111
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